Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Sgt. James W. Harlan

44, of Owensboro, Kentucky.
Harlan died at Camp Anaconda, Iraq, when a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb next to his vehicle. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 660th Transportation Company, 88th Regional Readiness Command, Zanesville, Ohio. Died on May 14, 2004.

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"About 8 years ago we received a two flags with yellow ribbons with James and Army Spc. Paul J. Bueche names on on them. We call them our boys. We are proud of them and feel fortunate to have known them even though we have never met. We thank GOD for these men and their families for the sacrifice they made for us and this great country. Thank you James and Paul We love you."
Andre',Rene'e,Jessica &Geoffrey Morrow of Hurricane, Utah

"To the loved ones of Sgt James Harlan:
As the 7th anniversary of the tragic loss of Sgt Harlan approaches it is with a heavy heart I pray you find peace in knowing he was proud of his service and he loved his family. He will never be forgotten and this date (14 May) will never cease to be one of reflection of his ultimate sacrifice and also those all of you have endured with this loss."
CW3 Frank Davis....660th of South Charleston, OH

"To the family of:James W. Harlan
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"1-16-11"

"I never had the honor of meeting Jimmy (well, if I ever did, I was probably so young that I don't remember it), but from what my family has told me, he was an outstanding man. Actually, my cousin was just here, telling me about a time when they were younger. I still remember the day my mother told me that he had died, I remember thinking about how his children were feeling, and about how my cousin & great aunt were feeling. My cousin tells me just about everytime I see her, about how wonderful of a man he was. & even though I really didn't get to know him, it still hurts to know that part of my family is now gone."
Ashley Cezeski of Owensboro, KY

"What a great man !!! I served with sgt. Harlan in Iraq. He always found a way to make everyone laugh. He was so real, he would tell you exactly what he thought. He is sadly missed"
Ssg. Jesse Starr 3rd Plt. 660 Trans. Co of Barnesville. Ohio

"Time has gone by, but know that his sacrifice is not forgotten. Keep the best memories of him alive. No words of gratitude can really fill the gap of loss. Thank you"
Dolores Barnes of Arlington Ohio

"I served with SSG Harlan. I was in his platoon. SSG Harlan was the funniest guy I ever met, he always made sure to keep us laughing. He cared about his soldiers, and was an excellent NCO. I was there May 14..he showed me pictures of his family and told me how much he loved them shortly before the IED hit our convoy. "Gone but not Forgotten". RIP brother."
SSG Guesman of Columbus, IN

"So its been five years since my step father James Wiilliam Harlan died. Its been hard, i wish he was still here with me and my family. i love him with all my heart and i miss him so much. Rest in peace James Harlan <3"
Brittany Gray of Owensboro, kentucky/America

"May 7, 2009
To the family of Sgt. James W. Harlan:
James gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be fogotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"i love jimmy to death. he was my step father. i miss him so much. there isnt a day that goes by that i dont miss him. my brother bobby misses him to and i would do anything to go back and at least have a chance to say goodbye. i love him soooooo much i wish he was still here and so does the rest of his kids and family. its not that hard on us now because we have started to move on but he is still in my heart and always will be."
brittany gray of owensboro, Ky

"I didn't know sgt.Harlan,i came across this website while looking for info for my brother,army 1st lt. Nathan Harlan,who just returned from Al Anbar province in Iraq.I just wanted his friends and family to know that his service to his country and his sacrifice for it will never be forgotten,even by those of us who were not lucky enough to have known him.God bless you all."
Brian Harlan of Canton,Ohio

"My uncle, SFC Paul Stasik, served with James and all the storied I have heard prove that James Harlan was a brave and tremendous soul. I thank him for his service and say thank you to all the other soldiers. Remember you can't take the soul out of the soldier!!!"
Sarah Stasik of North Fayette, PA

"JIMMY WAS MY FIANCE'. HE IS MISSED EVERY DAY MY ME AND MY CHILDREN. HE IS A TRUE HERO IN MY EYES. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR KIND WORDS ABOUT JIMMY, AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
CAROL GRAY of OWENSBORO, KY

"yeah umh this goes out to the family of jimmy harlan especially to carol gray, bobby gray, and brittany gray. I met carol, bobby and brittany after jimmy had died but every time i see brittany gray at school she has nothing but good things to say about jimmy she said he was a wonderful man and he treated her mom right. jimmy was carol grays true love. bobby and brittany where really close to jimmy when he pasted they took it really hard. now its been over a year so now they dont mourn as much but they do talk alot about him. the nice things they say about him make me wish that i had met jimmy. he was a brave man..."
paige troutman of owensboro ky,

"Sgt. James "Jimmy" Harlan is my father and i came across this website and was suprised by the things that everyone had to say. My Dad would be really happy and proud that he was able to make a lasting impression on so many people. I thank everyone for their kind words and prayers. Thank you from me and all my brothers and sisters. We are proud of our father and of all of the service personal fighting for our country."
James Bryan Harlan of Bowling Green, KY

"SGT James Harlan/Family/Friends/Carol Grey: I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT I KNEW JAMES HARLAN WHEN WE USED TO DRIVE FOR THE SAME COMPANY (ALM CARRIERS) BASED OUT OF OWENSBORO, KY. HE WAS A DEDICATED DRIVER AND A GOOD FRIEND TO ALL WHO KNEW HIM! I WAS SHOCK TO HEAR THAT HE LOST HIS LIFE. I KNOW THAT ITS WAS HARD FOR HIS FAMILY AND TO CAROL GREY THAT HE LOVE SO MUCH! ITS NEVER ANY EASIER FOR ANYONE TO SUFFER GREAT LOSS TO OUR NATION AND THERE IS NEVER THE RIGHT WORDS TO SAY TO THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE HIM! HIS LOVE AND DEDICATION TO OUR COUNTRY CAN NEVER BE HINDER FROM OUR ENEMIES! HIS LOSS WILL NEVER BE IN VAIN AND HIS MEMORIES WILL LIVE ON IN OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS! I KNOW LIKE SO MANY OTHERS THAT HE GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE THAT THEY ARE IN A BETTER PLACE IN THE HEAVENS ABOVE WITHOUT WAR AND DISPAIR BUT WITH SUTTLE PEACE THAT SURROUNDS HIM AND HIS FELLOW COMRADES FROM ALL WARS! A 21 GUN SALUTE TO ALL SOLDIERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD THAT ARE FIGHTING FOR OTHER PEOPLE FREEDOM. I AM HONORED TO KNOW HIM AND TO SERVE IN THE SAME CAUSE WHICH HE GAVE HIS LIFE TOO! A SPECIAL THANKS TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT SUPPORTED US THRU THIS CONTINOUSLY TIRELESS EFFORT! MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND THE ENTIRE MILITARY FAMILY AROUND THE GLOBE FOR ENSURING FREEDOM TO ALL! SSG WILLIAM VANOVER 377TH APOD/E APO AE 09889"
Randy of Camp Doha Kuwaitt

"To the loved ones of Sgt.Harlan:

I served with Sgt.Harlan in 3rd platoon. He was a great guy and all of you can be proud of him. God Bless"
Sgt.Brandon Waddell of Charleston Il. USA

"Jimmy was a wonderful,kind hearted person who loved his children more than anything in the world. To give his life to provide a better future for his family,to love his children this much, that is what makes this man a true HERO."
Sarah Rice of Owensboro,Kentucky

"I just want to say that this man was a hero even though I don't know him. All our soldiers are heros. A lot of my close friends have been stationed in Camp Anaconda just recently so please everyone pray for them."
Lindsey of Monticello, Kentucky

"Jimmy Bill, all grown up and you did make it past 25! I guess you know now that I've thought of you everyday for the past 27 years or so. I'll always love you."
Denise Dawson of Jacksonville, Florida

"This is SPC Anderson saying thanks for giving your all. I only wish i could have gotten to know you better. i do remember one night you me and i think wisemen and some others stayed up all night if only we could have more drills like that. It's nice to know we have great people up there looking down on us."
Kori Anderson-Haylsett of Barnesville, Ohio

"Sergeant Harlan, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"Th the Family of Sgt. James Harlan
My prayers as well as my familys prayers are with you. My brother SFC. Paul Stasik (660th Trans Co, Cadiz, OH) served with James at Camp Anaconda. He was proud to have served with him. Thank God for peaople like James."
Frank Stasik of North Fayette, PA

"To the family of Sgt. James Harlan
Our thoughts and prayers are still with you. My son, Sgt. Jeff Roberts is in the 660th too."
Carol Gibson of Zanesville, Ohio

"To James's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many of us appreciate his service to and sacrifice for our country."
F.Smith of Pennsylvania

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, James, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To the family of James Harlan. My husband SPC Dallke rode with Harlan for three weeks before the accident and he told me that Harlan really made an impression on him. Be proud of him, because his fellow soldiers are and please know that he will be carried on in their hearts forever. God bless you and keep you. I pray for you often."
Colleen Dallke of Akron, OH

"To James' Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To James' Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"Thank you James Harlan, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Sgt. James Harlan:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless James for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Sgt. James Harlan:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of James, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on